The ArgusFourth draw in a row for Sussex (From The Argus)

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Fourth draw in a row for Sussex

The Argus: Chris Nash and Luke Wells today Chris Nash and Luke Wells today

Sussex comfortably played out a draw on the final day of their County Championship clash with Nottinghamshire at Hove.

With rain washing out the morning session it meant Sussex were never likely to chase the 405 runs they required to win.

They still needed to survive a possible72 overs to avoid defeat, however, but half centuries from Chris Nash and Luke Wells ensured there were few alarms.

Both openers did fall but Rory Hamilton-Brown and Matt Prior saw Sussex to 198-2 when the teams shook hands on a draw at 5pm.

It was their fourth draw in a row and left them in fifth place in division one, 19 points behind leaders Middlesex, ahead of their trip to Somerset on Sunday.

Although the chances of bowling Sussex out on a very good batting wicket were always slim the home team still needed to bat sensibly.

Nash and Wells ensured there would be no final day nerves as they put on 161 for the opening wicket.

Nash passed 8,000 first class runs when he reached 39 and Wells recorded his own milestone of 3,000 runs when he got to 45, although he was fortunate to be dropped by Phil Jacques the ball before off Samit Patel.

Wells was the first to reach his half century, coming off 80 balls with six fours, with Nash following him soon after from four more deliveries and the same number of boundaries.

Both fell when Stuart Broad was brought back into the attack after tea. Wells had his middle stump knocked out of the ground by the England bowler having made 73 while Nash was caught behind for 86.

It meant Prior got a bit more time in the middle as he bids to prove his fitness ahead of the first Test and he was unbeaten on 19 at the end with Hamilton-Brown on 12.

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8:52pm Wed 4 Jun 14

MikeTheMan says...

The rain certainly didn't help but we produced a wicket that was too good to produce a genuine result. 1341 runs were scored in the match and only 26 wickets fell (exactly half of them on the second day). So the average was a wicket every 51 or so runs. That's quite a few too many, especially considering the quality of the bowlers playing in this match. If we produce wickets like this one we will have a lot of draws. Mind you, if I remember correctly, we have already played 4 Championship matches at Hove this season so there are only 2 more (as we have a game at Arundel and one at Horsham).
The rain certainly didn't help but we produced a wicket that was too good to produce a genuine result. 1341 runs were scored in the match and only 26 wickets fell (exactly half of them on the second day). So the average was a wicket every 51 or so runs. That's quite a few too many, especially considering the quality of the bowlers playing in this match. If we produce wickets like this one we will have a lot of draws. Mind you, if I remember correctly, we have already played 4 Championship matches at Hove this season so there are only 2 more (as we have a game at Arundel and one at Horsham). MikeTheMan
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12:04am Thu 5 Jun 14

Vince says...

With matches played this early in the season - it's not surprising that all 4 draws have resulted from time being lost to the weather. The games against Notts and Lancs would probably have resulted in a result if one extra day was allowed. Middlesex was a complete washout. The Durham match was the only one which could well have resulted in a draw even if no time had been lost.
I know the costs would increase slightly if an extra day was allocated to all Counties to be used if time was lost due to bad weather, but this would be offset by increased revenue from the public, and would help to ensure a level playing field. Whilst Sussex and Middlesex got no bonus points from their washout - all the other counties were able to get points on the board - gaining an unfair advantage.
With matches played this early in the season - it's not surprising that all 4 draws have resulted from time being lost to the weather. The games against Notts and Lancs would probably have resulted in a result if one extra day was allowed. Middlesex was a complete washout. The Durham match was the only one which could well have resulted in a draw even if no time had been lost. I know the costs would increase slightly if an extra day was allocated to all Counties to be used if time was lost due to bad weather, but this would be offset by increased revenue from the public, and would help to ensure a level playing field. Whilst Sussex and Middlesex got no bonus points from their washout - all the other counties were able to get points on the board - gaining an unfair advantage. Vince
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